[quote name='jeklah' date='Aug 30 2010, 09:19 AM' post='446891']
[quote name='athena' date='Aug 30 2010, 08:06 AM' post='446861']
[quote name='jeklah' date='Aug 30 2010, 07:29 AM' post='446831']
When will you be in Taiwan? I'm always happy to meet newcomers and show them around!
Wow, that would be great ! I'm travelling there with my two teenage children, we arrive Mon Sep 27th and there till following Sat ... have been studying various tours, bus and train routes, and at this stage I'm leaning towards hiring a car for a couple of days to see a few areas, then doing the local tourist things in Taipei via the subway ... really looking forward to going somewhere new !
Poop. I leave for South Africa on September 29th! I'll be gone until November 1st. Sorry! Best of luck discovering Taiwan, though!
Bummer - would've been great ! Have a good trip to SA though ! What's your advice on driving in Taiwan (not necessarily in TPE though), all I've read so far seems to make it sound OK provided I have an English GPS - I've driven in quite a lot of places around the world, although not in Asia ?
I don't recommend driving in Taiwan. The traffic here is something else. It's chaotic and mostly an exercise in every traffic violation possible. Do a search for Taiwan Traffic on Youtube and you will see what I am talking about.
GPS won't help you in terms of the boneheaded things people do here....trust me. Aside from that...finding a parking spot for a car is nearly impossible and an exercise in patience and determination. Most people in Taiwan drive a scooter and so there are WAY more parking spots for those. If you're absolutely determined...make sure you have a valid international driver's license that is accepted in Taiwan AND very good insurance. I know many foreigners who have been in scooter and/or car accidents driving here. I cannot stress enough the insanity you will encounter. With your family on board...I would play it safe and stick to trains and buses. Maybe rent a scooter for a day just to get a taste.